Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Creative Writing

The course is concerned with imaginative writing, which includes novels, short stories, poetry and script-writing. The emphasis is upon encouragement, to help candidates find and pursue a direction in their writing, and to understand the process of offering a manuscript for publication. The programme consists of 2 writing workshops, 2 context modules and the manuscript (a double module). Workshop 1 is a general writing workshop in which students experiment with a range of forms. Workshop 2 is a specialist workshop in prose fiction, poetry or scriptwriting. The context modules examine genres and looks at ways in which writers meet challenges from the public world.

Course modules

Modules include: writing and the environmental crisis; suspense fiction; contemporary American writing; the writer and place; modernism and postmodernism; writing and gender; the short story; writing and politics; reviewing and journalism; narrative non-fiction; the love story; manuscript.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework only; each writing workshop is assessed on the basis of a folder of creative writing and an early draft of part of the manuscript; each context module is assessed on the basis of an essay and a folder of creative responses; the manuscript is 35,000-40,000 words (or the equivalent for poetry and scriptwriting).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 - 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Corsham Court SN13 0BZ South West

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